If your green thumb is itching for some action, the freezing temperatures we've been seeing are a little disappointing. Luckily, there are some projects that are meant to be tackled during the cooler months. 

1. Build a Fire Pit. With a fire pit, you'll have an outdoor space that's usable all year long. Make sure to be safe and build the fire pit at least 10 feet away from any buildings or combustible materials like a wooden fence. 

2. Clean Out Your Planters. Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the past growing season. Were your roses outstanding? Did your try at an herb garden just not work out this year? Use this time to create a fresh palette for spring planting by clearing out plants that didn't do well. 

3. Utilize Lighting. Without the benefit of a yard full of blooming plants, you may rely on other decorative touches. Small string lights wrapped around tree trunks or decorative pathway lights can be a lovely focal point in your yard. 

4. Cut Back Perennials. Experts recommend trimming perennials down to the ground. This keeps your yard looking neat and is beneficial for the health of the plants. 

5. Focus on Hardscape Design. A garden bench, arbor, trellis or statue can be a nice addition to a yard that doesn't require growing plants. Choose something that you will enjoy all year long.

Posted by Jeff Sallan on
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